Shaquem Griffin

Brother of Seahawks’ Griffin is talk of the NFL combine

Seattle is one of the teams that has been impressed with the one-handed linebacker from UCF

INDIANAPOLIS — Shaquem Griffin has sent another message to the NFL.

And everyone else who ever doubted him.

“Don’t set limits for me.”

Beyond times in the 40-yard-dash and heights of vertical jumps, turns out the NFL combine also can measure the size of a man’s heart.

Griffin, the twin brother of Seahawks starting cornerback Shaquill Griffin and the American Athletic Conference’s player of the year as a linebacker for undefeated Central Florida, did something Saturday no one had ever seen at the NFL’s annual scouting combine.

“I felt the energy from everybody,” Shaquem Griffin said of the crowd. “My adrenaline was going through the roof. … My goal was six (reps). I think I beat that by a lot.”

“We went to go get it fitted for me. And when I started lifting, I could barely bench the bar,” he said. “I mean, I’m shaking all over the place and the bar is falling, and I can’t lift 45 pounds. But it just goes to show how much work I put in to get to this point.”

After he knocked out his 20, Shaquem was asked if he tied his brother’s total here last year.

“Oh, no,” he said. “I did more than him in the bench press. I think he did, like, three.”

He was joking. Shaquill did 17 reps in the bench at the 2017 combine.

Shaquill is one minute younger than Shaquem. Shaquill also knows about overcoming the odds to make the NFL. Initially, he didn’t receive an invitation to the 2017 combine, then got one and parlayed it into getting selected in the third round of the draft by Seattle.

Just like it did to Shaquill, the NFL originally did not invite Shaquem to this combine. Apparently, an all-league linebacker each of the past two seasons and MVP of the Peach Bowl when UCF beat blue-blood program Auburn of the mighty Southeastern Conference on Jan. 1 — all while playing with one hand — wasn’t worthy enough.

In late January, Shaquem impressed scouts and everyone with his eyes and heart at the Senior Bowl. He was the all-star game’s practice player of the week. 

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Sunday, March 4, 2018 4:28pm 

Featured picture by Ted S. Warren
2nd picture by Michael Conroy
3rd picture by Gregory Payan